Toy – Hornbook

Photo: National Museums Liverpool CC By SA4.0
Object type: Toy
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Lead alloy
Date found: 27/04/2021
Location: Eden, Cumbria


Hornbooks were used as a study aid from the 16th to 19th century. A sheet containing educational material, such as the letters of the alphabet, would be covered with a thin sheet of transparent horn to protect it. The size of this find suggests that this is a miniature, to be used as a doll’s accessory.